June 28th will be Independence Day early, as four acts — the Fanoplane improvisational collective; Sarah Hughes’ Love Trio; Joy on Fire punk-jazz quartet; and Corey Thuro on solo mandolin — combine at RhizomeDC to overthrow the tepid tendencies of contemporary music.
Fanoplane is an experimental music project led by Ted Zook (NS Design Omnibass strung as a basscello) and Bob Boilen (ARP synthesizer), host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. The project is named for the finite projective plane as defined by Italian mathematician Gino Fano. In this musical context, Fanoplane is an improvisational project focused on projecting the infinite gifts of the Muse; all performances are unscored, unrehearsed, and improvised extemporaneously on the spot.
This partnership was realized after Bob appeared with Ted as the Boilen/Zook Duo and as a guest musician with Ted’s earlier projects, including Heterodyne and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project. The group’s debut at Washington’s prestigious Corcoran Gallery in March included guest musicians Jerry Busher (percussion), Doug Kallmeyer (bass; electronics), Maggie Gilmore (vocalizations; flute) and Sonia Maria Herrero (violin); free download: https://bit.ly/2U91oFr. Guest musicians join as schedules allow. More recently,Fanoplane performed at Baltimore’s Function Coworking Community; free downloads: bit.ly/2WlPXuv (binaural); bit.ly/2VTPATw (stereo).
Sarah Hughes (winds/electronics) joins with Kelton Norris (drums) and Steve Arnold (bass) to form Love Trio, a group that will be playing—appropriately enough—some amazing free jazz.
Joy on Fire returns to RhizomeDC after a wildly successful debut in December. The only purveyors of punk-jazz anywhere in the Milky Way, Joy on Fire was recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and has garnered praise from Gareth Thompson in All About Jazz and Gonçalo Falcão in his “Best of 2018” list at Jazz.pt (Portugal). Always emphasizing the jump and chaotic saxophones of Anna Meadors, the relentless melee and rocketing guitars of John Paul Carillo, and the drums of Chris Olsen that clatter buildings across the street to pulp,Joy on Fire adds lyrics and vocals of poet Dan Gutstein to help proclaim the group’s fundamental outrage and decency. Collectively, they hope to scotch the complacent dreams of many good people. For more information: “Hymn” on All Songs Considered; Soundcloud.
Corey Thuro is a musician, writer, and artist. For the past few years he has been living in Baltimore developing an original technique and voice for his primary instrument, the mandolin. Along with a dedicated self-guided study towards proficiency on the instrument he has invented and incorporated the use of new techniques, tunings, and ideas. He has performed hundreds of shows solo and in various bands across the U.S. For more information: Check out Corey’s Bandcamp page and SoundCloud page.